It occurs to me that sometimes our problem is that we don’t expect God to show up. Yet, far more often, when we expect God to show up, He doesn’t show up in the way we expected.
The Jews at Jesus’ time were expecting God to show up. They expected Him to come as a baby…sort of (everybody’s got to be born, right?). But, when they thought of God showing up, they expected fireworks, ticker-tape parades and weapons. Lots of weapons.
When you read the gospels, you can catch the disciples ‘looking for the swords’ from time to time. “When you enter your kingdom” they asked. You see, they followed Jesus not just because He was cool, but because they expected Him to make a difference. They expected Him to relieve their pain, loosen their tax burden, and give them freedom.
Instead, He “fixed things” by freeing the socially oppressed and teaching them to lighten up and stop worrying. Instead of facing off with Rome, He faced off with the religious leaders of the day. Jesus was focused on opening up the communication lines with heaven so the people would have the power to be God’s representatives on earth. Jesus showed up, He did make a difference, but it took on a form they really didn’t expect.
What are you waiting on God for? Is it possible that His answer will come in a form you didn’t expect? Will you be willing to accept it?
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.